Southern success spread across Age groups

PUBLISHED: 14:12 12 June 2018

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Bristol Karate Academy members took nine medals away from the KUGB Southern Region Championships in Reading.

Bristol Karate Academy showed their strength across all age groups when they took nine medals away from the KUGB Southern Region Championships in Reading, with medallists aged from nine through to 50.

Academy members competed against karate exponents from right across the south of England for regional honours, with the Bristol team, made up of the clubs in Nailsea, Backwell and Westbury-on-Trym, taking two golds, one silver and six bronze medals.

Hot off the back of a silver medal from the KUGB National Championships, the Academy kata team of Tim Griffiths, Steven Connell and Dan Salter went one better this time around, by taking gold.

Two of the finalists at the National Championships were from the South of England, so securing the number one spot was certainly not a given. Up first were the Red Dragon Somerset team, with an improved performance on their Nationals outing.

This meant that it was up to Bristol to pull out all the stops for their finals kata Sochin, which they duly did to secure the points they needed to take them clear of their Somerset neighbours.

Bristol’s second gold came from its youngest medallist, Liam Mashford, who showed exceptional poise and focus to take the children’s ippon kumite title, winning by three to two in the final.

This is Liam’s first gold at this level and certainly demonstrated his potential as he moves up into the free kumite categories later this year.

Bristol’s seven other placings came from right across the age categories, from child to veteran divisions, across kata and kumite categories and in both individual and team events.

Bristol Karate Academy coach Tim Griffiths, said: “While undoubtedly our more advanced members benefit from both brown and black belt-only classes and additional squads sessions,it’s important to us that we still have some classes where all ages and all grades still mix together.

“Advanced students inspire the newer students and both our children and adult new starters get to see what good looks like. We hope the model continues to inspire our newer members as they go through the ranks.”

Bristol Karate Academy teach mixed age and ability classes at all of their venues. If you’d like to start Karate in Nailsea, Backwell or Westbury-on-Trym, get in touch by visiting bristolkarateacademy.com to arrange your first lesson.

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